Why Patience Is Key After You Get Your COVID Vaccination

Some people in Allegheny County who had been vaccinated later tested positive for the virus.
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The number of COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County continues to drop as vaccinations continue.

According to Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen, the daily average case rate is about 130. Most recently, there were fewer than 100 cases a day, something that hasn’t happened since Oct. 12, 2020.

At the same time, the percentage of vaccinated residents continues to increase. About 72% of the adult population has received at least one shot, with 52% of the population fully vaccinated.

“I am hopeful we can keep the numbers heading in the right direction, especially as we approach May 31 and the lifting of all mitigation orders except for the mask mandate in the state of Pennsylvania,” Bogen said Wednesday.

In instances where people who had gotten their first dose later tested positive for COVID, Bogen says they were unaware about when full immunity kicks in (two weeks after a person has received their second dose of the vaccine).

“Some people who recently tested positive were in fact already vaccinated but had not waited the full two weeks before they stopped wearing masks,” Bogen said.

Among the unvaccinated, most cases are traced to indoor events where people were not wearing masks, such as parties, graduation celebrations, family gatherings, weddings, funerals, some church youth events, soccer tournaments and cheerleading practice.

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